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Curriculum and Requirements

The MSA program begins in June each year with Summer Session II. The MSA degree requires 32 semester hours of graduate course work of which at least 20 hours are in graduate-level accounting courses, and at least 4 hours are in a non-accountancy graduate course.

Core Courses

  • Accounting Analysis I
  • Accounting Analysis II 
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Federal Taxation

Students who have previously completed any of the required courses above will take a suitable replacement course approved by a program advisor.

Graduate Electives

  • Advanced Accounting
  • Financial Reporting Standards
  • Risk Management and Innovation
  • Data Driven Decisions in Accounting
  • Data Analytics for Management Accounting
  • Data Analytics Foundations for Accountancy
  • Statistical Analytics for Accountancy
  • Data Analytics Applications in Accounting
  • Financial Statements Analysis
  • Financial Statements Fraud
  • Introduction to Accounting Research
  • Business Law
  • Investments
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Financial Derivatives
  • Process Management
  • Economics of Organizations

CPA Review Included

MSA students may also enroll in the CPA Exam Preparation Course at no additional cost. As part of this course, we offer an online CPA review. This course becomes available to MSA students during the spring semester. Although the credit hours do not count towards the degree, they do count towards full-time student status, are reflected in the student’s overall GPA, and may help meet the Illinois Board of Examiners requirement to take the CPA exam.

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